City and Borough of Sitka

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Presentation by Dr. Michael Fenner at SPL


On Tuesday, March 14 at 6:00 p.m., Sitka Public Library will host a presentation by Dr. Michael Fenner, author of the book, Crossing Denali: An Ordinary Man’s Adventure Atop North America. Dr. Fenner will share his stories, visuals, and takeaways from his experiences as a novice mountaineer climbing North America’s highest peak.  For further information, please contact Robb Farmer at (907) 747-8708 or



Hospital Board Meeting


The Sitka Community Hospital Board will meet for a meeting on Thursday, February 23rd, 2016, at 6:00 pm. Agenda items include: FY16 Audit Presentation, Staff Recognition, Approval of the January 26th 2017 regular and executive session meeting minutes , Strategic Planning, SEARHC Collaboration, Approval of Amended Medical Staff by-laws, Staff Reports. The meeting will be held at the Sitka Community Hospital classroom and is open to the public. For further information, please contact Denise at 747-1725.



Library Commission Meeting


The next meeting of the Library Commission for the City & Borough of Sitka is scheduled for Wednesday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sitka Public Library. The public is welcome to attend. For further information, please contact Robb Farmer at (907) 747-8708 or 



Academy Award-nominated 2016 Documentary Film "13th" to be shown at SPL


Sitka Public Library presents a special screening of the Academy Award-nominated 2016 documentary film “13th,” by director Ava DuVarnay, Friday, March 3, at 7 p.m. at Sitka Public Library. This film is rated PG-13.



Film Noir Club to screen "Johnny Guitar" at SPL


Sitka Public Library’s Film Noir Club screens the 1954 cult classic western noir “Johnny Guitar,” starring Joan Crawford and Sterling Hayden, Saturday, March 4, at 7 p.m., at the library.


This event is free to the public. Everyone is welcome.  Refreshments will be provided. Call the library at 747-8708 for more information.



Forensic Science and Criminal Justice Lecture Series


Forensic Scientist and Criminal Profiler Brent E. Turvey, PhD, of The Forensic Criminology Institute, presents a lecture on “Scientific Fact, Legal Truth and Politics – The Role of the Forensic Investigator,” Thursday, March 2, at 6 p.m., at Sitka Public Library. The public is invited to attend. This program is not suitable for children. Please call the Library at 747-8708 for more information.



SPD Reports Business Burglaries


The Sitka Police Department has had reports of six burglaries to small businesses in the past 3 months. SPD has made arrests in two of the burglaries and charges are pending against two suspects.


The most recent unsolved burglary occurred last night and there are similarities in how the crimes are being committed:


  • Forced entry is being made into businesses that do not have alarm or video surveillance systems.
  • The suspect(s) appear focused on finding and taking any cash or small safes that they can find.
  • The suspect(s) may commit other theft type crimes when the opportunities present themselves, i.e. riffling thru unlocked cars or boats.
  • From experience, it is likely that the people(s) are using illegal drugs and are trying to fund their addiction. 

SPD is committed to tracking down and arresting the person(s) responsible for these crimes. Please report any suspicious activity, secure your property the best you can, and consider crime prevention technology like video and alarm systems for commercial and personal property.


If you have information about these or any other crimes, please call the SPD at 747-3245 or you can remain anonymous by calling the Crime Line at 747-8980.



CBS Tax Office Reminders


It’s time to renew your Wholesale/Resale Tax Exempt Card. Applications are available online at Please remember to include the fee of $26.50 ($25.00+tax) with your application.  Resale exempt cards are only to be used for business purchase of items to be resold in the course of business.


Sales tax returns are due.  The fourth quarter ended on December 31, 2016. Returns are to be postmarked or received by January 31, 2017. Also, if your business files on a yearly basis, Yearly returns are also due by January 31, 2017.


If you have questions regarding the Wholesale/Resale Tax Exempt card or fourth quarter taxes, please call the tax office at (907) 747-1853.



Sitka Ranked 5th Safest City in Alaska


Sitka, Alaska – The City and Borough of Sitka was recently designated as one of the safest cities in Alaska by SafeWise, source for Home Security and Safety advice. SafeWise compared criminal activity and the FBI Crime Report statistics from 2015, along with population data, to determine that Sitka was the 5th Safest City in Alaska.


SafeWise noted Sitka has 1.58 violent crimes per 1,000 people and 16.61 property crimes per 1,000 people. Last year Sitka was ranked 8th throughout the State.


Cordova, ranked 1st, Unalaska, ranked 2nd, Haines, ranked 3rd, and Wrangell, ranked 4th, were the other communities on the SafeWise Safest Cities in Alaska list. None of the safest cities reported a murder and only one reported a robbery. For more information, visit



Green Lake Hydro Plant Back in Service


The Green Lake Hydro plant was returned to service on January 7, 2017, nearly 84 days after the inspection of the dam intake gate revealed a failed hydraulic cylinder.  This critical dam safety device was a 35 year old carbon steel hydraulic cylinder located at the bottom of a 165 deep shaft within the Green Lake dam.  Green Lake power plant is a very valuable asset for this community and this gate protects the plant in the event of a major failure. This gate needs to function properly to protect the plant, our employees, and the community.  It has been replaced with a new stainless steel version and the plant is back in service providing clean, reliable and inexpensive power to our community.


The work required to replace this gate was extensive.  Not only should we thank the Electric Department crews that spent day after day at the bottom of the 165ft deep shaft but also the Fire Department, Search and Rescue crews, and topside staff that helped us work safely.  Additionally, City staff, including Public Works and the Electric Department, worked tirelessly during the holidays to ensure that the Green Lake roads were clear and that our diesel generation remained in service.  We should also thank Petro Marine, Delta Western, AML and Sampson for keeping fuel available and getting our critical parts to us quickly.   


As a community, we need to continue to inspect, test, repair and replace the critical equipment in our aging infrastructure to ensure that we avoid long, unplanned electrical outages.  Again, we want to thank our customers for their patience and support.  Please remember… “It was brand new in ‘82”.



Sitka receives grant from Rasmuson Foundation for William Stortz Gallery


Sitka, Alaska –The Rasmuson Foundation recently announced that the City and Borough of Sitka (CBS) has been awarded a $15,000 grant for the William Stortz Gallery. The Tier 1 grant is for installation of lighted display cases on the 2nd floor foyer of City Hall. The project should be completed by December 31, 2017.


On December 2, 2015 the second floor foyer was dedicated as the “William Stortz Gallery,” to feature local artists’ work to the public. Willam Stortz was CBS’s Building Official who was lost in the August 18, 2015 landslides. Norm Campbell and The Greater Sitka Arts Council manage the gallery’s exhibitions and were instrumental in securing the grant.


Rasmuson Foundation was created in May 1955 by Jenny Rasmuson to honor her late husband E.A. Rasmuson. The Foundation is a catalyst to promote a better life for all Alaskans.


For more information, contact Administration at 907-747-1808.



Jeff Davis Street Phase 1 Complete


The City and Borough of Sitka announces the reopening of Jeff Davis Street effective immediately. Phase 1 of the Jeff Davis Street reconstruction project, from Sawmill Creek Road to John Brady Street, has been completed. The Hames Center and Sheldon Jackson Child Care Center can now be accessed from either direction.


Phase 1 of the reconstruction project included replacement of the water line, provided sewer service stubs to 6 previously unserved lots, and replaced storm drainage infrastructure, sidewalks, curb & gutter and pavement. Phase 2 of the project will commence in early spring and will continue improvements from John Brady intersection to Lincoln Street. Additional road closure notices will be advertised as the project proceeds.


The Jeff Davis Street Reconstruction Project is being funded by a $644,000 Municipal Matching Grant from Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, an $812,000 loan from Alaska Drinking Water Fund, and the City and Borough of Sitka General Fund. The construction contract was awarded to Coastal Excavation, LLC. for $1,094,005.75.


The mission of the City and Borough of Sitka Public Works Department is to provide, control, and maintain reliable and cost-effective public works facilities and systems in a manner that emphasizes customer satisfaction, public service, and the long-term interest of the community.


For more information, contact Public Works at 907-747-1806.



Changes to Electric Utility Policies


The City and Borough of Sitka Assembly recently approved changes to the Electric Utility Policies, including elimination of courtesy disconnection notices, increased fees for disconnects, rate increases and other changes to service connection, billing and credit policies. If you need information about the many convenient ways to pay your bill or are struggling to pay, contact the City and Borough of Sitka at 747-1818.



Sales Tax Rate Change


As of October 1st, tax is to be collected at a rate of 5% for the months, October, November, December, January, February, and March. Tax on Long Term Commercial Rental of Real Property remains at 5% year round. Bed Tax on rentals less than 30 days remains at 6% year round.


If you have any questions about the collection of sales tax within the City and Borough of Sitka, visit the Tax Office on the second floor of City Hall in the Finance Department, Monday through Friday, 8:00AM to 5:00PM or call 747-1840.



Utility Assistance Program





Gavan Hill Area Landslide Hazard Zones


Sitka, Alaska –The City and Borough of Sitka recently received preliminary findings that the Gavan Hill area, including Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School, may contain landslide hazard zones. The City and Borough of Sitka intends to contract with Shannon & Wilson, Inc. Geotechnical and Environmental Consultants to develop a comprehensive report on the risk in the area, including proposed mitigation if applicable.


City Administrator, Mark Gorman, says the Municipality wants to get the information out to citizens as quickly as possible. “We’ve received an oral preliminary assessment that indicates that Keet Gooshi Heen may be subject to moderate landslide risk. Moving forward we are exploring collaboration with NOAA and other agencies on development of an early warning system, but at this point it is too early to

say whether it is possible to provide accurate and reliable warnings about landslide risk,” Gorman states.


The City and Borough of Sitka also worked with Shannon & Wilson, Inc. to complete the geotechnical report of the area in the vicinity of the South Kramer slide. The scope of work included a definition of the landslide hazard in the vicinity, and an assessment of the risk of future slope instability. The report for the Gavan Hill area is anticipated to be similar and available to the public by the end of December.


Sitka was affected by multiple landslides Tuesday, August 18th, 2015. The landslides were caused by intense rain that occurred and deposited approximately 2.5 inches of rain in a 6 hour period. Many roads, buildings, and infrastructure have been impacted by the landslides. Work to study the areas and repair infrastructure is ongoing.


For more information, contact the City and Borough of Sitka at 747-1808.



Go Paperless with the City


The City now offers paperless billing and online bill pay for utility accounts. You can also view and print statements, view consumption statements, and reprint bills.


To access your account, you will need a PIN number designated to your account.


Please call 747-1818 to receive your PIN number and instruction on how to access your account online. 



Moller Park Playground Closures


The west and east playgrounds at Lower Moller Park are closed until further notice. The City and Borough of Sitka’s number one priority is safety and a recent audit shows that the playgrounds are not in compliance with safety standards.  The City and Borough of Sitka Parks and Recreation Department apologizes for the inconvenience.  For more information, call Public Works Department at 747-1804.



Utility Customer Service Hours at City Hall


Effective December 1st, Utility Customer Service hours at City hall will be 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. Telephonic Customer Service will be limited.